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by Bob Boardman
Wed Jun 22, 2022 11:56 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Is this shellac? Can this be restored by an amateur?
Replies: 2
Views: 4057

Re: Is this shellac? Can this be restored by an amateur?

The easiest thing to do is to take a damp paper towel and rub it over the damaged spot. - If after doing this: - the damaged area matches the rest of the surrounding area, then all you have to do is apply a clear finish. - the damaged area doesn't match the surrounding area, then you're going to hav...
by Bob Boardman
Wed May 25, 2022 10:39 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Varnish brand recommendations
Replies: 2
Views: 1749

Re: Varnish brand recommendations

The closest you can get to the varnish you reference is the Target coatings product in the link below. This product dries clear, so you may want to add a few drops of an amber dye. To get more info, talk to Jeff. He can help if you have any questions. Also tell him I said Hello https://www.targetcoa...
by Bob Boardman
Wed Apr 13, 2022 4:40 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Paint Matching Help Please
Replies: 2
Views: 1936

Re: Paint Matching Help Please

1) any good paint store, Lowe's or Home Depot can match a color if you give them a sample 2) A) you can get a good job with brush or gun. B) if using brush, sand all surfaces with a 220 grit paper, vacuum up dust. Then wipe all surfaces with rag dipped in paint thinner - wipe dry. Make solution of a...
by Bob Boardman
Fri Mar 18, 2022 9:09 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Antique Table Top stain and varnish question
Replies: 5
Views: 2595

Re: Antique Table Top stain and varnish question

I'd apply a coat of a product called SealCoat. It's diluted clear shellac. Apply, don't go over spots you've already covered, let dry for 45minutes. When dry, either go to paint store/dept and look at different waterbase stain colors. You might be able to get little samples. Get a color that is slig...
by Bob Boardman
Tue Mar 15, 2022 12:15 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Water Damage on teak sideboard
Replies: 1
Views: 1748

Re: Water Damage on teak sideboard

I'd proceed as follows, in this sequence: 1) Using a 320 or 400 grit sandpaper wrapped around a flat surface or sanding black, LIGHT sand around the damaged area. Wipe with barely damp rag to remove dust. Your goal is to get rid of the dark perimeter. You should have just the undamaged area and the ...
by Bob Boardman
Thu Feb 17, 2022 9:08 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Antique Table Top stain and varnish question
Replies: 5
Views: 2595

Re: Antique Table Top stain and varnish question

I'm confused. Do you want to paint the surface or stain it?
by Bob Boardman
Sun Jan 23, 2022 11:04 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: varnish over shellac OK?
Replies: 15
Views: 30607

Re: varnish over shellac OK?

The problem is that shellac is the least durable of the coatings you mention. So in effect your base is going to be the least durable. I'd start with a diluted coat of your 'varnish' (it's probably poly). Start with 50 -50 blend (varnish/solvent -with whatever the solvent is water or paint thinner),...
by Bob Boardman
Wed Jan 19, 2022 7:27 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Newbie table edge issue
Replies: 1
Views: 1877

Re: Newbie table edge issue

This comes down to a matter of taste. You could try the following: 1) taping off the center area and applying a pigmented stain over the edge/perimeter area. The first link below offers a variety of different color stains. 2) Once dry for a couple days, tape off the edge areas so that the center can...
by Bob Boardman
Sun Jan 16, 2022 5:45 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Refinish Antique Dining Table
Replies: 2
Views: 2127

Re: Refinish Antique Dining Table

You can usea rag dipped in denatured alcohol, which evaporates quickly, or use household ammonia (not sudsy ammonia) which has a pungent odor but removes more shellac. If using ammonia do it outside, and/or in a well ventilated space
by Bob Boardman
Sun Jan 16, 2022 4:31 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Refinish Antique Dining Table
Replies: 2
Views: 2127

Re: Refinish Antique Dining Table

If you remove the shellac you will also be removing the color, whether it’s a stain or a toner
by Bob Boardman
Sat Jan 15, 2022 9:34 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Heywood Wakefield table refinish
Replies: 7
Views: 8866

Re: Heywood Wakefield table refinish

Unfortunately you'll have to create your own stain/tint. I'd buy some Trans Tint and try different dilutions of the color you think is best. You can use this with lacquer to create a tinting lacquer or tint sealer. for end grain I'd apply shellac to the ends, let dry and sand. I'd then repeat this p...
by Bob Boardman
Sun Nov 28, 2021 9:15 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: varnish over shellac OK?
Replies: 15
Views: 30607

Re: varnish over shellac OK?

Shellac isn’t a great exterior finish. You could stain it now - even though temp isn’t ideal. Because you’re using oil base stain the oil will offer some (not a lot, but some) protection. When dry, you could apply a coat of a wipe on oil finish. This would hold until spring
by Bob Boardman
Sat Nov 27, 2021 3:01 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Restoring a shellac finish
Replies: 1
Views: 2040

Re: Restoring a shellac finish

The basic concept is to make a ball out of an 8” x 8” piece of cotton from an old, worn t-shirt that has just come out of the dryer (dryer reduces any lint). Place this ball inside a bigger 12" x 12" piece of cotton. Wrap the bigger piece of cloth around the smaller one, wrapping the extra...
by Bob Boardman
Wed Nov 03, 2021 7:58 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Refinishing a midcentury teak veneer sideboard
Replies: 1
Views: 2338

Re: Refinishing a midcentury teak veneer sideboard

You're correct - it is mold. Oxalic acid cleans wood and mold spots, but it doesn't remove them as bleach would. Both products clean and bleach the wood, but chlorine bleach actually kills the mold in the wood not just the surface spots. Oxalic doesn't, that's the reason it's reappearing. Unfortunat...
by Bob Boardman
Wed Nov 03, 2021 7:44 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Acacia kitchen worktop finishing problem
Replies: 2
Views: 2517

Re: Acacia kitchen worktop finishing problem

Some comments: 1) you can sand the linseed oil surface to remove some of it. Unless it's colored the wood, you can then apply a couple coats of shellac. Once that dries, light sand and vacuum up dust. You can them apply topcoat of your choice. 2) You'd like to have a topcoat that's repairable, yet d...
by Bob Boardman
Wed Nov 03, 2021 7:37 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Acacia kitchen worktop finishing problem
Replies: 2
Views: 2517

Re: Acacia kitchen worktop finishing problem

Some comments: 1) you can sand the linseed oil surface to remove some of it. Unless it's colored the wood, you can then apply a couple coats of shellac. Once that dries, light sand and vacuum up dust. You can them apply topcoat of your choice. 2) You'd like to have a topcoat that's repairable, yet d...
by Bob Boardman
Sat Jul 31, 2021 3:39 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Refinishing fumed oak table
Replies: 3
Views: 2925

Re: Refinishing fumed oak table

What's the finish on the table. If shellac based wipe all surfaces with ammonia. If poly or lacquer, you can try sanding off the old finish. To make sure the old finish is all gone wipe with rag dipped in paint thinner - this will highlight areas that still have finish. When all old finish gone you ...
by Bob Boardman
Wed Jul 28, 2021 3:57 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: help for a amateur
Replies: 2
Views: 2652

Re: help for a amateur

Sand all surfaces with a 120 grit paper, and vacuum up dust. Get a new foam brush and buy a product called SealCoat. using a foam brush apply to all surfaces. If a spot looks dry, leave it alone. Sealcoat dries very quickly. Wait an hour and sand all surfaces again with a 120 grit paper, and vacuum ...
by Bob Boardman
Tue Jul 27, 2021 3:14 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Novice with vintage mahogany rocking chair
Replies: 10
Views: 4950

Re: Novice with vintage mahogany rocking chair

I can only answer part of your questions. The next 2 items to use to remove the previous color, are, in order: lacquer thinner or a chemical stripper.

From your picture it looks like a pigmented stain (closer to paint than a dye stain). A chemical stripper is probably the nest method
by Bob Boardman
Sun Jul 25, 2021 4:55 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Refinishing fumed oak table
Replies: 3
Views: 2925

Re: Refinishing fumed oak table

Unless you have the expertise, background and right materials and equipment I'd advise to not fume the table. It requires concentrated ammonia and the right setup to accomplish this. What I'd try would be to: 1) Wipe down the sticky edges with a soap or solvent to remove the grease. I'd test on a sm...
by Bob Boardman
Sat May 29, 2021 2:31 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Refinish A Dining Table
Replies: 13
Views: 6690

Re: Refinish A Dining Table

Looks great. Good job
by Bob Boardman
Sat May 22, 2021 9:01 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Refinish A Dining Table
Replies: 13
Views: 6690

Re: Refinish A Dining Table

I’d seal the wood with diluted shellac before applying any stain. This will give a more uniform color
by Bob Boardman
Fri May 21, 2021 3:20 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Refinish A Dining Table
Replies: 13
Views: 6690

Re: Refinish A Dining Table

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by Bob Boardman
Fri May 21, 2021 11:21 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Refinish A Dining Table
Replies: 13
Views: 6690

Re: Refinish A Dining Table

Some thoughts: THe MDF is not going to give a single color with the stain. The MDF is made up of pieces of wood - some take a lot of stain, others take very little stain. In order to get even color on MDF you need spray equip. If you don;t have this equip you can get a passable top coat, but it will...
by Bob Boardman
Fri May 14, 2021 6:44 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Table Restoration
Replies: 5
Views: 3715

Re: Table Restoration

I’m guessing at Mahoghany